May 13th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Ed Reyes

The Los Angeles, California, City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and governments unless the state repeals a new law giving police the power to question a detainee's immigration status. The city's legislative analyst reported that Los Angeles currently has $56 million in contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona.

According to The Los Angeles Times, during their debate on the resolution, council members compared Arizona's legislative behavior to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

"Los Angeles is the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard," said Councilman Reyes, a resolution sponsor. "As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who's having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be ... deported, no questions asked. That is not American."

CNN This Just In: Los Angeles passes Arizona boycott over immigration law

Los Angeles Times: L.A. council bans most official travel to Arizona

John Legend

The singer-songwriter-pianist is helping to raise funds for Gulf Coast fishing families and environmentalists facing the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Legend and many other top artists will perform May 14–16 at the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Along with Legend will be such performers as Zac Brown Band, Alison Krauss, The Black Crowes, and Jakob Dylan.

Legend, the winner of six Grammy awards, is also scheduled to appear at the Gulf Aid benefit concert in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday.

Hangout Festival website

John Legend website

Robert MacLean

An administrative judge has ruled that the Transportation Security Administration was within its rights when it fired the federal air marshal for leaking sensitive information to the media.

MacLean was fired in 2006, two years after he told an MSNBC reporter that the agency planned to remove air marshals from flights that required costly overnight hotels. The disclosure embarrassed the agency, coming only days after the government had sent out a warning about planned terror attacks on U.S. aircraft.

MacLean said he will appeal the administrative judge's decision and that he hopes for a suspension, not termination, as the appropriate punishment for his actions. He told CNN in 2009 that he never had to make an arrest in five years flying missions as an air marshal.

"It was a well-paying job with enormous responsibility, yet extremely tedious and mundane," he said. "You did the same thing every day, there was nothing new. You sat in your seat and prayed that nobody would set off an IED or ambush you mid-flight."

CNN This Just In: Judge upholds firing of federal air marshal

Maryam Ali

The 16-year-old sophomore at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia, wants to race with her school's crew team.

In a moving Washington Post profile, reporter Annie Gowen describes the challenges facing Ali - asthma, overweight, lives in subsidized housing - and how tough it was to pay for her $260 uniform and the team's $750 fees. And because she's not strong enough to row with others, her coach found her a separate boat to practice in.

Ali, who is African-American in a sport dominated by white competitive rowers, told the newspaper that her goal is to get in a race before the end of the season.

"I just want to do the best I can ... and be an important part of the team," she said.

Washington Post: Rower confronts class barriers with spot on crew team

Piers Sellers

The British-born NASA astronaut is taking a small piece of Sir Isaac Newton's famous apple tree into space on Friday on his trip to the International Space Station.

According to the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the mathematician and physicist saw an apple fall in his orchard at some time during 1665 or 1666. Newton then hypothesized that the same gravitational force that made the apple fall also governed the motion of the moon.

London's Guardian newspaper reports that Sellers, who has dual UK-U.S. citizenship, said he will let the slice from Newton's tree float around in the Atlantis shuttle.

"While it's up there, it will be experiencing no gravity, so if it had an apple on it, the apple wouldn't fall. ... Sir Isaac would have loved to see this, assuming he wasn't spacesick, as it would have proved his first law of motion to be correct."

The Guardian: Isaac Newton's apple tree to experience zero gravity

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences: Newton's life

soundoff (575 Responses)
  1. WGT from AZ

    I had planned to take my family vacation in So Cal this year, (Disney, Knotts etc)
    Not now!!

    The Boycott works both ways LA.

    We will spend all of are Vacation and Money Locally

    illegal is illegal. Quit trying to import your entire families thriough the back door.
    Time to get rid of the a 'anchor baby' amendment also.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    anyone that thinks illegal immigrants are why california is bankrupt is a fu@k!ng moron. the state has the largest economy in the country. is that also because of illegal immigrants?

    when you have the largest economy, you experience the best of times and the worst of times. let's not forget that most (if not all) the states are operating in the red.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Banker

    I work in downtown Los Angeles and today was the first day I have brought my lunch to work in a long time. I will no longer purchase my lunch and dinner while working downtown as the city council is doing this.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cory

    I think I'll boycott LA.

    Oh, wait. I hated that city the one time I visited! No big loss for me.

    Funny how these wise Californians want to punish all AZ businesses, though, when they don't make the laws. Must breed some really obtuse people in LA.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Warlock

    Arizona is doing what this country should be doing already. Illegals make it harder for immigrants who come to this country legally. They bypass our laws and suck our resources up without putting anything back into the system. I feel more for immigrants who come to our country the legal way and want to become citizens and do what they have to do legally to live here. As for the California boycott , they have enough trouble tring to keep their own budget afloat without worring about what another state is doing to protect all of it's LEGAL citizens.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. Tea


    I was there 8 months ago. It hasn't changed much.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    The irony in all of this is that, but virtue of calling attention solely to race, those condemning AZ are in fact the true racists.

    Hello uninformed leftest liberals! Get over yourselves already. You're an embarrassment. And at a mere 30% strength you're hardly the majority in all this. You think Obama is actually "against" what AZ is doing? HA! The man is still campaigning. All he cares about are "votes". If the voting Latino community were calling for a border fence it would be up already and you KNOW it.

    The truth is there is NOTHING racist about enforcing immigration laws. What? Just because the countless millions of illegals in question aren't white that means AZ can't defend itself? That line of thought isn't just unpatriotic, it's racist and INSANE.

    If the estimated 40 million illegals (adjusting for birth rates of anchor babies) in this country were "white" the liberals wouldn't saying a damn thing and no one would be boycotting anybody. Hypocrites! Not one of you leftists would bemoan Arizona's enforcement if the illegals were Germans or Swedes, would you.

    Arizona, we LOVE you! Make your state a better place! Do what what so many weak presidents like Obama haven't had the stomach to do; Stand up for Americans! Enforce our immigration laws before we're all forced to learn Spanish!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    THe federal government started all this BS with their inability to solve the problem these past 20 years. Quit hurting innocent people who are just trying to survive in this country that is being destroyed by politicians, banks and wall street. You want to boycott – then shut the damn governments down. Quit paying taxes. If 200 million people didn't pay taxes next year, you think someone might listen to the people's demands?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Danz

    "axslinger" said – * 83% of warrants for MURDER in PHOENIX are issued for illegal aliens. * 86% of warrants for MURDER in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens. * 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles , Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens. * 24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican NATIONALS * 40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican NATIONALS * 48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican NATIONALS * 29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually * 53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens. * 50% plus of all gang members in LOS ANGELES are illegal aliens * 71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or "transport coyotes". * 47% of cited/stopped drivers in CALIFORNIA have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens. * 63% of cited/stopped drivers in ARIZONA have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens * 66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens. * 380,000 plus illegal's were born in the US to illegal alien parents in just one year, making 380,000 babies automatically US citizens. * 97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayer.======================================================================================

    Cant argue with facts dummies

    May 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. James Ott

    Let Arizona be Arizona. They have stepped up and began to try and stem the tide of ILLEGAL aliens in THIS country...Yes, we are a nation of many nationalities. We welcome anyone who will come here LEGALLY!!!!!! If you intrude into this country ILLEGALLY you should be returned to your country of origin!!! Isn't that the law? Does the word DEPORTATION mean anything these days? Sure they are cheap laborers, if, business men and housholds are going to pay these ILLEGAL aliens, what amounts to SLAVE wages, are we any better off, then the blacks were, in the 19th century. They (ILLEGALS) are leaving THEIR country of squaller and coming here for, what they think is their "AMERICAM DREAM". Well, it is not a dream anymore. Our nations poor and jobless are suffering due to the influx of these ILLEGALS. Our so-called government should spend more time,money and effort on the national welfare of this COUNTRY's citizens and worry less about the WORLDS problems. The globe has been shrunken by the vast network of travel and communication. We can not rule the world, so, let's take care of what we have here. I say, let Hollyweird and California slip off into the Pacific Ocean and "GOD BLESS ARIZONA" and "GOD BLSS AMERICA"! THAT IS my opinion and I welcome yours. Oh, and by the way, keep the term racist to yourself...

    May 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Living on a boarder state here in Texas all I can say is I support Arz law and hope to see that same law implemented here in Texas as well.

    One thing is perfectly clear Washington DC is not going to do anything to stop the flow of illegals into this country. They will see to it that those already here will have the opportunity to become citizens but they will do nothing to stop this continual flow of illegal’s.

    As for LA do what you got to do but given the problems in California it only serves to remind the rest of us how out of touch California representatives truly are.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. TY

    Phil, My fellow real American and compatriot…

    I guess that you approve of Republicans giving your tax money away to support the top 5% of the population who are rich and control the economy? Eat the rich...

    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kim

    Go Arizona Go! Illegal aliens are really a problem and the federal government is doing nothing. It's about someone did!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big Red

    When will illegal Aliens start boycotting AZ. This WILL solve the problem!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Roberto (Legal)

    Excellent – California land speculators caused our housing bust and tremendous negative impact on our economy already. California is now BROKE; we want them to stay there and not come over on to our unemployment and welfare roles. California – the true land of "fruits and nuts". Two can play this idiotic game, California – thousands of Arizonans come over and spend money on summer vacations. Hey, better, yet, why don't we cut off your water from the Colorado River, electricity from the Palo Verde nuclear generator, etc. What all these flaming cranial/rectal inversion economic boycott cases don't comprehend is that we've done the math – your revenue withholding is MORE than offset by our cost reductions from providing free public education, healthcare, and welfare programs to ILLEGAL occupants of our state!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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